June 18, 2006
June 18, 2006
June 21, 2006
11.1360.1 - 11.1360.7
Undergraduate Research in a Foreign Country: A Student’s Experience
This paper will describe the preparation, experiences, and outcomes of an undergraduate student conducting research in a foreign country mentored by two professors, one foreign and the other from the home institution. A description of the partnership between the two institutions will be presented as well as the successes and challenges of the project and the future implications for other undergraduate students repeating the same type of program.
In 2002, several faculty in the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), collaborated to offer a short study abroad multidisciplinary course in Mannheim, Germany titled, “GO GREEN - Green Organizations: Global Responsibility for Environmental and Economic Necessity.” This study abroad course was designed to teach engineering and technology students three important fundamental topics; sustainability, globalization, and cultures. The course examines sustainable development in business and industry using best practices in Germany as examples. International companies visited are used as examples for analyzing and understanding the interconnectedness of globalization. Living in a different country for a short period of time is used for comparing and contrasting differences and similarities in a different culture.
The emphasis of the GO GREEN course explores the areas of sustainable design, engineering, manufacturing, technology, and leadership processes implemented and maintained in business and industry for the purpose of being environmentally and socially responsible, energy efficient, and cost effective. This course also looks at the complex interactions of costs versus environmental safety and social responsibility in decision making models sometimes called eco- efficiency models used in industries that are actively practicing sustainable development.
The GO GREEN course focuses on the sustainable practices of business and industry in Germany and the impact of those practices locally, nationally, and globally. Students are able to witness sustainable practices in industry first hand. Throughout the last four years the course has been offered, the IUPUI faculty have partnered with the following German companies and institutions, most of which, are centrally located around Mannheim, Germany; ABB, BASF, MVV Energie, DaimlerChrysler, Bodensee-Wasserversorgung (water company), Berufsakademie Mannheim, City of Freiburg, City of Landenburg, Fraunhofer Solar Institute, Freudenberg, SolarFabrik, and Magdeburg University of Applied Science. Most of the GO GREEN industry partners were established with the assistance of faculty from the Berufsakademie Mannheim, a co-operative education university in Mannheim, Germany. The Purdue School of Engineering and Technology and IUPUI have had a long relationship and partnership with the Berufsakademie Mannheim. The GO GREEN course and the partnerships
Osborn, C., & Fox, P. (2006, June), Undergraduate Research In A Foreign Country: A Student’s Experience Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. https://peer.asee.org/1361
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